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First episode of the 1958 British television series "H.G. Wells' The Invisible Man". Not really anything to do with the Novel, the series is a fantasy-espionage series - like Danger Man or the Avengers with the added invisibility gimick.
This movie is part of the collection: Classic TV
Audio/Visual: sound, color
Keywords: Classic TV; Invisible Man; British; 1958;
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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Subject: British talent of its time. Great days for UK TV.
Notice that this series, outstanding for its time -even the special effects were good- was produced by the multitalented Ralph Smart with the assistence of Aida Young. They later gave us the great Danger Man (Secret Agent Man) series. It was there too Harry Fine, who later produced Man of the World (with Craig Stevens) and the short lived Sentimental Agent series.
No wonder why Invisible Man was so entertaining. A clear 5 stars to me, considering the restrictions under which they were working.
Why the actor playing Dr Brady's part is unbilled? (Maybe that's why he is shouting all the time: he's calling people's attention... ;-D)
An entertaining series that repeated on British television in the 1960s (when I saw some episodes as a child). Special effects aren't too bad; scripts are solid if simple; acting is typical of its day. All round good fun.
One has to feel sorry for the actor who was cast in the title role - he scores a lead role gig and is unseen after the first five minutes! Also I had to laugh at hearing how 'shouty' the actor is - reminds me of people who used to shout when talking to my stepfather. He'd tell them: "Hey, I'm blind, not deaf!" In The Invible Man it almost seems the actor and director felt he should be louder to make up for not being seen!
It's all still good stuff though. Thanks very much to the uploader, I look forward to watching the rest of the eps - except - I can't see Episode 12 of Series 2 (1959) on the list. Has it been uploaded?
Subject: You can adjust to any pecularity that doesn't hurt you
A scientist working in a secured facility who becomes invisible because of a lab accident doesn't seem to alarm anyone for very long. His sister believes he should continue acting the gentleman. Wells' original story had the man quite frustrated and danagerous. This one is too civilized and so accepting of his circumstances. Still I am entertained.
Subject: Pilot Episode begins with a vanishing and ends with a rousing chase
This Pilot episode of the series introduces the lead character, Dr. Peter Brady, a British scientist who is attempting to achieve invisibility with light refraction. We see a test of a new technique involving a white rat inside a sealed chamber. Dr. Brady introduces a small block of a black material into the chamber with the rat, and we can begin to see the rat disappear. Unfortunately, there is a leak of the gaseous material into the main laboratory where Dr. Brady is working, and it proceeds to render him invisible. Dr. Brady reports the accident to his superiors, but is totally unprepared for their reaction. They immediately decide he is too valuable an asset to be trusted with the new process and they take him into custody. Obviously perturbed at this turn of events, Dr. Brady escapes and goes to his home where we learn he is a bachelor living with his sister Diane and her daughter, a precocious little girl named Sally. Of course, Diane is shocked to learn of his invisible condition, but little Sally thinks it is pretty neat, and then she goes out play, but only after being warned by Dr. Brady that she must not tell any of her friends. Dr. Brady has a fellow scientist who he believes will be helpful in finding an antidote, so he gets Diane to take him to see Crompton. Crompton appears helpful at first, but we quickly learn he has a crooked streak when he bashes Dr. Brady over the head with a wine bottle, knocking him unconscious. Crompton rushes to the lab where they work, gets into Brady's work area and steals important documents. From this point onward in the story, an exciting chase ensues and Crompton is eventually captured, and Brady secures a promise from his superiors that, in the future, he will be trusted. Overall, an interesting and entertaining series with excellent effects, photography and acting.
Subject: I'm Classic TV and Radio Fan
Seriously, when I posted that, I'm was referring to annoying people who are so dumb, they condemn 1950's TV for shows that didn't even air in the 1950's. Plus, your "review" doesn't even review this item.
Subject: The Invisible _ _ _
DUH...."Classic T.V. & Radio Fan" Maybe That's Because The Brady Bunch Was'nt A 50's Series.It Ran From Sept. 26th 1969 Thru March 8th 1974.As For The Invisible Man It Ran For 26 Episodes 1958-59.And Is Availible On D.V.D.
Subject: Ahead of it's time...
This British series blows U.S. series of the late 1950's out of the water. Would like to see more of the early British/BBC sci-fi and fantasy shows from early television.
Subject: I Didn't Upload This
Contary to what revisionist historians might say, the most popular show of the 1950's was NOT "The Brady Bunch".
Subject: Now you see it and now you don't
About time for some British television. I saw thismany years ago. I can't tell you how long it was.
Thank you for starting with the pilot. I caught the series in midstream when it orginally aired.